Leopard mauls seven-year-old girl at Russian circus
A leopard pounced on the seven-year-old daughter of its trainer at a travelling circus performance in the Moscow region Sunday, mauling her in the neck, Russian news agencies quoted police as saying.
"The trainer led the leopard into the ring for the show. At that moment, his daughter ran up to him. The leopard immediately grabbed the child's throat," Interfax cited a police source as saying.
The girl was rushed to hospital and doctors said her life was out of danger, a police source told the Itar-Tass news agency,
The director of the circus told police the leopard, named Lilu, had always previously been "calm," the life.ru news web site reported.
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